Bombing Sudanese arms factory a cover for Israeli Air Force vulnerability

Israeli airstrike on an arms factory in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum drew mixed reactions from officials.

Warplanes bombed a Sudanese munitions factory Wednesday in Khartoum, setting off massive explosions and sending plumes of smoke roiling into the night sky.

Khartoum accused Israel of a deadly missile strike on a military factory in the heart of the Sudanese capital.

The cabinet met in urgent session late Wednesday after the government said evidence pointed to Israeli involvement in the alleged attack at around midnight Tuesday on the Yarmouk military manufacturing facility in southern Khartoum.

Israeli officials have expressed concern about arms smuggling through Sudan and have long accused Khartoum of serving as a base of support for militants from the Islamist Hamas movement.

Israel refused all comment on the Khartoum allegations, but Gilad, director of policy and political-military affairs at the defense ministry told his country’s army radio on Thursday, “The regime is supported by Iran and it serves as a route for the transfer, via Egyptian territory, of Iranian weapons to Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists.”

Some Israeli media claimed that the arms factory bombed Tuesday in south Khartoum, belongs to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard while the source, asking not to be identified, said Iran does not need to build such facilities in order to arm Hamas. Israel plans to use this against Iran whereas it is under pressure after Hezbollah’s success in flying an Iranian-made drone over Israel, he added.